A tribute to Geoff

Almost two years ago we started Piranha Mowing FNQ. It's a social enterprise employing young people living with a disability. My brother-in-law, Steve helped Rudolf get it off the ground and kept things going until along came Geoff (we will always be grateful to Steve!).

There's no words to describe how wonderful Geoff has been for our Piranha's and for us. He's worked like a trooper to develop the business and each Piranha. He's truly 'a good man'.

We tried to capture all his qualities and traits in the ad we posted yesterday:

Big Hearted Lawn Mower Guy Needed

Our Geoff, aka ‘Grandpa Piranha’, is moving on. Not just anyone can replace our Geoff, he’s a one-of-a-kind. Now we’re searching for a second-of-a-kind – a big hearted lawn mower guy.

Our line of business is yard maintenance, but that’s only a small part of what Geoff does. He leads, mentors, listens, protects and shares occasional fatherly advice. The Piranha’s may have a mild learning disability but they ‘eat disability for breakfast’. They are loyal, hard-working and immensely proud of their thriving social enterprise.

Stepping into these boots means our second-of-a-kind-Geoff needs to be able to:

  • Spot a good mowing job from a mile off

  • Have a good laugh and deliver at least one corny dad joke a day

  • Push a mower, ride a ride-on and reverse a trailer (with and without a car)

  • Alternate between larrikin, boss and back again in the blink of an eye

  • Use a whipper-snipper, chain saw, hedger and blower with pizzazz

  • Chase down the occasional escaped yard dog (Piranha’s will happily watch)

  • Quote jobs, look after invoicing and give as good as he gets from anyone who doesn’t pay

  • Refer to everyone by their nickname, and come up with a new one from time to time

  • Use a smart phone, computer and app so he knows where he’s going and what he’s doing when he gets there

  • Deliver a rousing without inducing a Piranha tear

  • Repeat the same Piranha instruction every day to the end of time

Talents extraordinaire include having a big heart and the patience of a saint. Eyes in the back of the head are preferred but not essential.

Our Piranhas have Certificate II in Horticulture. Anything else is an advantage.

The wages aren't flash but the daily dose of ‘feel good’ is huge. Do not hesitate to email if you are interested: natasha@mygslsenterprises.com.au Preference may be given to anyone called Jim.

It's always hard to say good-byes, but it's a part of life. Geoff will always be one of the founding rocks of Piranha and we will most definitely be catching up whenever we are in WA! All the very best Geoff - you can't get rid of us that easy!

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